May 9, 2010

Society Notebook: To top it all off

By Avery Yale Kamila
Staff Writer

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The Mad Hatter Affair centers around the Kentucky Derby, which is broadcast for the partygoers. Here the crowd reacts as Super Saver defies the muddy track and wins the 136th derby.

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Bibi and Fred Thompson of South Portland and Harry and Jane Sawyer of Portland.

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Marsanskis made her winning pink hat embellished with silk flowers at home, and offered up her services for others hoping for a future win.

"If people want hats made next year, I'll do it," Marsanskis said.

The hat winners were announced after the cocktail hour, which featured mint juleps and Mad Hatter martinis, and the three-course dinner.

During the dinner, I had the pleasure of being seated at a lively table between two fascinating ladies, Charlene Strang, who continues to make the social rounds at 90, and Elizabeth McLellan, who runs the Partners for World Health charity. Others at our table included Strang's daughter, Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, Doug Stewart, Elizabeth Astor, Carolyn Murray, Dr. Joseph Schenkel and Barbara Schenkel, who's a Portland Museum of Art trustee.

In his after dinner remarks, D'Abate kicked off the live auction with these words: "I just received a message from Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Fed. He said bid freely, spend wildly, because the market is going up and even if it doesn't the Maine Historical Society is a fabulous organization."

And while we Yankees may guard our wallets when it comes to hat shopping, we have no trouble opening them for a good cause. Many of the auction items raked in more than a grand, and when everything was tallied, the event raised $43,000 to support the society's efforts to preserve and share our state's history.

Not a bad night's work for a group of frugal Mainers.


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Russell Legare and Margot Levesque.

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Mary Harbison of Portland, Jane Harmon of South Portland, and Susan Schraft of Falmouth.Photos by Avery Yale Kamila

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Lonnie Leeman, Cornelia Robinson, Eric Baxter, Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, Doug Stewart and Sara Montgomery.

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Elizabeth Nash, Maine Historical Society's marketing manager, Richard D'Abate, the society's executive director, Aynne Doil, chair of the event committee, and Ryan Doil, who served on the planning committee.

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